Picture this: Five years ago I was flailing as a new mom and merely surviving the infant stage of life with my oldest daughter. My spiritual life was stagnant. Days would go by, and I'd spend little to no time with God. It was a time of many struggles. I never imagined I'd be leading an online ministry for moms one day. Back then, I was barely connected to social media, I didn't know mom blogs existed, and I had absolutely no knowledge of how to start a website. Sure, I could put a few sentences together, but I never went to school to become a writer. I was certainly the least likely person to start an online ministry. But you know what?
God can use anybody for his purposes. The genealogy of Jesus bears further witness to this truth.
“. . . David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife.”
Matthew 1:6b, NIV
Bathsheba was Uriah's wife. Do you remember her from the Old Testament story? She was the one who committed adultery with King David, (2 Samuel 11). After the painful string of events resulting from their adultery, they eventually married. Their son, Solomon, became one of the many ancestors of Jesus.
What a testimony of God's grace! God can use anybody to accomplish his purposes. Bathsheba is just one of several unlikely people in the genealogy of Jesus. When I look back five years ago, I'd also consider myself the most unlikely person to lead an online ministry for moms. Praise God his grace transcends every insufficiency! None of us are worthy to fulfill his purposes, and yet, he calls us. What is he calling you to do today? Is there anything holding you back? Maybe it's your lack of skill or knowledge. Perhaps you're hung up on your past. Whatever it is, be encouraged by this truth:
“May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV
None of us are worthy to fulfill his purposes, but God is worthy.
It's time to let go of our shortcomings and put our faith in a God who can fully equip and transform us to fulfill whatever purposes he is calling us to.
This week we begin an 8-week study on the book of Matthew. There is so much to learn from this book! I have to admit, it was hard to condense it into eight weeks. Unlike the typical format you are used to, the reading guides will contain questions to guide your study of Scripture. So, are you ready to move beyond the genealogy of Jesus? Click here to download this week's reading guide.
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